If Verstappen leaves the last fourth Grand Prix of the year by 24 points, he can win his first world title without having to beat Hamilton again in a head-to-head duel. “Things can go wrong very quickly or go wrong,” Verstappen said after his masterpiece in Mexico over the weekend. The 24-year-old added that the Central American course was “always a really good route for us”. “I expect that Brazil will not be like Mexico.”
Mercedes hopes so, of course. Red Bull takes on high-altitude roads with its high rear end. The course is located in Mexico City at an altitude of about 2,200 meters above sea level, and the height of the Autodromo José Carlos Pace circuit is about 800 meters.
“We will give everything”
“We think we have a solid car and that we can be closer to Red Bull than here,” Toto Wolff, director of Mercedes Motorsport, said, referring to Brazil’s first race after the coronavirus broke. “I hope we can break this pattern because it is a Red Bull track. We will give everything and try to respond.”
Hamilton has been under pressure for a long time. The seven-time world champion must catch up on points. He must win again, or else the dream of achieving the only world championship record against Michael Schumacher is going to explode for now. “We provide everything,” the 36-year-old confirmed. Hamilton is hoping for a final until the end, because the tournaments in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are much smaller than Mexico and Brazil.
Crash in sprint races
The sprint race will be held at Interlagos for the third and final time this season. If it turns out to be a weekend like Silverstone and Monza – it will crash again. In England, Verstappen won the new form over 100km with a free choice of tyres, in the race that was eliminated after colliding with Hamilton at full speed. In Italy, Valtteri Bottas won the second race at Mercedes, while Verstappen and Hamilton crashed spectacularly in the Grand Prix.
In any case, Formula 1’s entourage is happy to be back. In 2020 the Grand Prix was canceled due to the pandemic. “The fans are very excited there, and Interlagos is a very creative track,” said Wolff. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic that spiraled out of control in the spring in the southern hemisphere, the health system in São Paulo collapsed and many people died.
In total, nearly 22 million people have been infected in Brazil so far, and nearly 610,000 patients have died from the coronavirus – there are only so many more deaths in the United States. Brazil has a population of 210 million. As the vaccination campaign progressed — in the most populous state of São Paulo, more than 70 percent of the population was fully vaccinated — the number of deaths fell sharply. The mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes, is expecting up to 170,000 spectators at Interlagos over three days.
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